how could I disagree with what you posted? Difficult. So yes an emergency is an emergency.I imagine most of the teams have them. They are for emergencies I imagine but we all know what they are for. Very hard to force the rule if that one time you have an emergency where your rider is compromised then they will be liable for negligence.
Please turn to page 27 of this thread, and complete your reading regarding the Arkea Investigation.The French Police raided the team's hotel and paraphernalia which apparently has indications pointing towards drug use was found Quintana and his brother were questioned I am astonished you had not heard.
I am intrigued as to your definition of 'a western country'. France? Italy? Belgium?If you ask anybody walking in a western country and ask them about cycling..Lance maybe mentioned..a favorite rider..Tour d France..but doping or drug use will likely be a thing mentioned by many surveyed.
Yes I would include all those countries and if you ask the casual cycling fan in Lyon,Bergamo,or Antwerp about bike racing they will if allowed to talk about it for @5 minutes,drug use or busts will come up. In the United States Greg LeMond is fading in the cycling mind,I think Armstrong is as well,to a lesser extent. For sure Armstrong could not have imagined the branding he would have permanently stamped on bike racing..so yes even today when Lance retells his version of bike racing history,he brings up revenues of all kinds,like Trek sales,race participation,sponsor interest and many more absolutely beneficial effects on cycling..and cancer..yes he did great things. That is not really arguable..but..right now bike racing is struggling to keep the lights on..sponsors are being begged to participate..and the lasting Lance legacy is that drug use \ drug cheating is synonymous with cycling..I am intrigued as to your definition of 'a western country'. France? Italy? Belgium?
Yeah, indeed. Since the argument "Colombians do not stand a chance in the blood doping era since they profit less with their high hematocrit" was frequently used - do we take something away from that? I guess not.BTW, Colombians today looked cleaner than ever!!!!